The Kraken Wakes
'Below the thunders of the upper deep;
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea;
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth'
The almost imperceptible beginnings and the cruelly terrifying consequences of this new threat to the world are seen through the eyes of a radio scriptwriter and his w...more
I'm a fan of John Wyndham and his 50's brand of horror sf. Out of the Deeps surpassed my expectations. It has all the makings of a summer blockbuster, probably starring Will Smith. It has a husband and wife team of reporters as the protagonists, a scientist that no one believes, and tentacled aliens that rise from the deep in sea tanks to terrorize the surface dwellers. Let Will do the theme song and you've got a license to print money.
I'll rank Out of the Deeps ri...more
Who does that? Who promises giant squids and then reneges on that deal? It's like handing a plastic ice cream cone to a child. He'll be like, OH YEAH ICE CREAM. Until he tries to bite it and discovers that, nope, it's just plastic.
This book wa...more
It sounds like a great premise but the story is rather too ponderous. It takes forever for things to get moving. The main ch...more
Comparable to Orwell’s 1984 or Huxley’s Brave New World, Wyndham’s novel, th...more
Unfortunately due to the nature of the aliens (who live in the deepest trenches in the sea) it's just too abstract to be interesting. You see a lot of what the aliens do, but there is precious little explanation, no contact except with their war machines in...more
I have always loved Wyndham, but the Kraken wakes holds a very special place for me. The aliens arrive almost unnoticed and the start living in the deep sea trenches, (So far so good!) time passes and wham they start raiding random islands and stealing the locals.
You will not believe what you are reading as humanity almost b...more
This is not a "shoot 'em up" book, there are few violent incidents, but the creeping horror is insidious and terrifying. I would say the description of the Bathies' sea-tank attack on Escondida in the Caribbean where they begin "harvesting" humans is incredibly disturbing; it's what isn't said rather than wha...more
Wyndham has some great ideas. However, I have to admit that this novel was quite trying to read...more
We drop nukes on them and they come up to take us, bit by bit. The sea-levels rise...and we're probably doomed!
WAR OF THE WORLDS meets AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH...and its 50+ years old.
Corking and grown-up. My favourite Wyndham novel, but only by a tickle over DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS
The story can seem rather slow to get going, but I think that accurately mirrors the news dissemination in a pre-Internet, pre-24-hour-news world. In those days it was possible to 'bury bad news' or not...more
But what sells it is the descriptive language, and the intense...more
Plus, the thing that was happening in his time were atom bombs being exploded under the Pacific Ocean. Th...more
In a way, he is science fiction for people who don't normally read science fiction, because it is understated and very realistic in fe...more
The characters were quite fun in their accented English and pretty much the way they went about themselves and their daily lives. I was quite impressed with the strong wit and will of the main female characters.
It was an...more
Many years ago I read and enjoyed Wyndham's more celebrated book 'Day of the Triffids' so when I spotted this book I could not resist giving it a go.
Could a book first published in 1953 about an alien invasion still have any relevance today? Certainly some parts are symptons of their time, there is the old Cold War frictions and people rely on telegraph and radio for their news rather than instan...more
John Wyndham’s “The Kraken Wakes” is a well-written, rip-roaring monster story that is both prescient and remarkably relevant to the present world situation, nearly sixty years after its publication.
I have been keenly fond of the filmed adaptation of “The Day of the Triffids” since its original theatrical release. Only years later did I realize it was based on a Wyndham novel; it is next on my “to read” list. I was even less aware of “The Kraken Wakes”...more
Phase one of the book is quite slow.but the...more
And in a way, it lived up to that expectation. But at the same time, it was also more than that - a fascinating slice into the mindset of the post-war world. An exploration of a time of uncertainty...more
I love the fact that this is a very different take on the alien invasion storyline, taking its cue from the TS Eliot quote, "This is the way the world ends: Not with a bang but a whimper." - a quote used by the main c...more
too much of the story is told through clunking retrospective exposition as the main characters invite a major round for dinner or interview a boffin to be told ten pages of back story and theory. Very rarely do events actually happen in their direct viewpoint, which rapidly becomes frustrating for the reader.
The main characters are...more
The fact that we never know w...more